Judah ben llai

Judah ben llai
(fl. 2nd cent)
   Palestinian tanna. Born in Usha, he was a pupil of his father and of Tarphon and Akiva. His account of their teachings was used by Judah ha-Nasi in compiling the Mishnah. He was the original author of the Siphra and was a renowned aggadist. After the Hadrianic persecutions, he helped to establish the academy at Usha.

Dictionary of Jewish Biography. .

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